This post is the fifth in a series
about my core values here at Pure & Simple.
If you missed the first four posts, you can find them here!
I am a firm believer in looking for the bright side in all things. No matter how bad the situation, I’m always looking to find the positive perspective. When I don’t get my way, when I long for a different outcome, when everything seems to be crumbling, I find comfort in figuring out how goodness will come from a bad situation.
Jacob will readily admit he doesn’t understand this about me. In fact, not too long ago, we realized he thought I live in a fantasy world where everything is rosy and I thought he lives in a version of the world that was all doom all the time.
Turns out, we were both wrong.
My bias toward finding the bright side in no way means that I refuse to acknowledge the brokenness around me. On the contrary, I fight so hard to see the positive side because I am painfully aware of the brokenness surrounding us.
But I also know fighting the brokenness of the world doesn’t just come from looking at the bright side. It includes confronting brokenness, too.
So how do we do that?
It may sound silly, but I think we do it through hope. My church went through a series this summer based on a quote from Augustine of Hippo that paints a beautiful picture of what hope truly entails. I think it sums up how we fight the brokenness pretty spectacularly . . .
Hope has two beautiful daughters; their names are Anger and Courage. Anger at the way things are, and Courage to see that they do not remain as they are.
– Augustine of Hippo
Having hope is not a lofty idea. It is not a synonym for being naive.
No, to have hope is to be angry at how broken things are and to courageously, willingly enter into the mess to bring change. That’s what confronting brokenness is all about. Seeing the reality of the world around us, but not letting that stop us from doing something about it.
So we get angry that our fellow human beings do terrible things, and then we hold them accountable for their actions.
We get angry that businesses treat people, animals, and the environment poorly, and then we choose to spend our money differently.
We get angry that girls are locked in cycles of brokenness against their will, and then we refuse to fuel the pornography industry.
We get angry that Christians aren’t representing Christ, and then we remind each other of the standard Christ set for us through our actions and words.
We get angry that corrupt power oppresses people groups, and then we lift up those who have been pushed aside by using our privilege to speak on their behalf.
We get angry that brokenness has destroyed so much of our world, and then we choose to fight for the goodness that we believe can be restored.
And all the while, we declare: WE WILL NOT GO DOWN QUIETLY.
Because if we don’t do these things, who will?